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CdA Use of Force Review Board closing the divide between the police and the community

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

The Coeur d'Alene Use of Force Review Board held it's first meeting with 13 members of the community in attendance. The creation of this Review Board was in response to a city-wide outcry following the shooting death a black lab mix named Arfee.

On July 9, 2014 while investigating the call of a suspicious vehicle on Sherman and 9th in the parking lot behind Java, Officer David Kelley shot and killed Arfee while it was inside its owner's van. That shooting led to a divide between the police department and the community, but Police Chief Lee White is working to change that and transparency is key.

Chief White says the first Review Board meeting was very eye-opening for everyone in attendance. 'We went over our policy and procedure and we went over case law when it comes to police use of force. We put the participants through scenarios. We dressed them up like police officers. We gave them a gun belt and put them into scenarios that a normal police officer would go through to see how they would react in similar circumstances.'

Chief White says the amount of transparency and the level of accountability the Review Board provides the community of Coeur d'Alene is very important to him. The Chief went on a listening tour to reach out to the Coeur d'Alene community and find out what the community expects from his department. 'We need to do just as good a job listening as we do educating the public about safety.'  All 13 civilian members of the Use of Force Review Board will have in-depth involvement in excessive force investigations.

To find out when the Coeur d'Alene Use of Force Review Board will start accepting new applicants, check for announcements on the Coeur d'Alene Police Department Facebook page and the Coeur d'Alene Police Department website.

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